Pentecost +20, Proper 22B
Oct. 7 Worldwide Communion Sunday
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Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):
Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:
Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
21-Let the whole creation cry
627-I want Jesus to walk with me
461-Lord, whose love through humble service
422-Let us talents and tongues employ
387-Bread of the world, in mercy broken
More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2018, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
The word of God comes faithfully
and age by age compounds all life
to bring us unto satiety
and understand God’s purity.
Indeed, O Lord, you spoke of old
by prophets, oracles and zest.
Yet in these last of days, we’ve heard
the word announced by God’s own Son.
Into the majesty of day,
and day by day attaining grace,
you bring us, Lord, to taste afresh
thy guidance borne in human flesh.
Not angels nor in glorious flair
does all perfection come to bear.
But by the honing suffering
impels, we find the path arise.
LM Suggested tune: Wareham
Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:
Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin. Where practical, these may be offered here as well. You may also want to visit http://lectionarypsalms.org/
This week: Psalm 8 is on p. 728
Concerning the Following Items: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor. If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention. No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.
Call to Worship
adapted from Phil. 2
L: We gather in the presence of Christ to join our hearts and minds in praise of God.
P: God has exalted Jesus and given him a name above every name.
L: So let every knee bend, in heaven and on earth, and every tongue confess:
P: Jesus Christ is Lord. Glory to God forever!
adapted from Worship Ways, UCC
L: As we gather this morning, we remember our sisters and brothers around the world:
P: From above and below the equator, from every time zone around the globe, Christ invites us all to join this Holy Feast.
L: As today’s sunlight inches across land and sea, Christians gather to celebrate their place in God’s family.
P: All are invited and all are welcome. Come, for the meal is ready!
L: God who comes to us in Word and Spirit, calls us to a table set for all who hunger.
P: We hunger for grace and forgiveness; we hunger for justice and peace.
L: God knows and meets our deepest hungers with bread which always satisfies.
P: Thanks be to God who blesses and feeds all human yearnings, and who does this through our feeble, simple human hands.
L: Let us come to Christ, the living Bread, who fills the hungry with good things.
P: We rejoice in God’s provisions, abundant and freely given!
L: Let us come to Christ, Fount of all mercy, who quenches our thirst for life eternal.
P: We celebrate God’s well-spring of grace and goodness, and come ready to drink to the fill!
Invocation or Prayer of Approach
We ask, Lord, that during this hour you will lead us in your way, you will teach us your truth, and you will share with us your very life, so that your name may be honored, our lives may be enriched, and our world, through us, may be blessed. We offer our prayers in the name of Christ (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Holy Mystery, Protector of the faithful, glorious Spirit of wonder, Bread of heaven, you have made us a little lower than the angels and crowned us with glory and honor. You have called us to be your witnesses, to proclaim the good news in good times and in bad. Sanctify us and help us see ourselves in you, the living body of the risen Christ, broken and poured out to feed a hungry world. (This we pray as he taught us, saying, “Our Father…”)
God who gathers into one all who yearn to feast with you, and makes that celebration beam with a brightness that can overcome any gloom, reveal to us anew the calling you have placed upon your faithful people: to serve the world with the tender compassion and peaceful justice of Jesus the Christ, in whose name we gather expectantly, and in whose name we pray (even as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Your love and grace are all sufficient, O God, for all the world’s deep needs. Open our minds and hearts this day to receive with gratitude the gifts you have given – gratitude enough to be compelled to live as your witnesses, your instruments for grace and forgiveness, for justice and peace in our world. This we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions
God of mercy and of love, you have called us to live in communion with all of your created world. Give us a new appreciation for the diversity of creation, and for the people of our world whom you love with an everlasting love. Help us to serve the needs of all who are suffering, sick, lonely, and broken by the struggles of life with the compassion and joy of true servants of Christ.
Give us grace to work with passion for the unity of your Church throughout the world, and to take our place among its people without expectation of reward, beyond the smile of your approval. May our ministries be anchored in your love of justice and peace, and may all who serve be encouraged by the promise of Christ’s presence with us. Make of us a more obedient people, gladly giving what we have received from your faithful hand.
Hear our prayers, O Lord, for those whose lives are closely linked with our own: (names), whose needs we entrust to you along with our own needs. (silence)
Grant, O Lord, that we might grow in grace and in love for you as we commend ourselves to your care and guidance. Take us by the hand, O God, and by your Holy Spirit lead us to fulfill your calling in our lives through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayers from Common Worship*
O God, forasmuch as without you
we are not able to please you;
mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit
may in all things direct and rule our hearts;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Holy and blessed God,
you have fed us with the body and blood of your Son
and filled us with your Holy Spirit:
may we honour you,
not only with our lips
but in lives dedicated to the service
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
whose steadfast love never ceases
and whose mercies never come to an end:
grant us the grace to trust you
and to receive the gifts of your love,
new every morning,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to
hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire
or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid,
and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy
to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus
Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2018, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
In all the brokenness we find about us, O God,
we fumble to claim some honor.
Yet, in this broken world, where grace is bid
to echo in our ways,
we find time bitter and we are afraid.
Set us to welcome and sustain
the little and the needing
that we honor due integrity with love.
Service of Table
While all of our congregations navigate the Sacred Board in a different way, it seems, there are common elements in most, which are provided here. We would love to hear if your congregation has variations to these elements which we might address in the future.
Offertory / Invitation to Give
Across the world and throughout all time, the Church has never ceased to offer praise to God. Today, we take our place among the multitudes who worship, join in prayer for the world, and seek the gift of Communion in the Holy Spirit at the sacred Table of the Lord. At the invitation of Christ, we come ready to be served, and ready to serve.
Today is World Communion Sunday. One day a year, all Christians commit themselves to celebrating Communion together. And yet in most places, we look around and realize we are still so very far apart. Sadly, it is still the rare congregation which is truly mixed in age, race, background and belief. We tend to gather and worship with our own. Each year, on World Communion Sunday, as we remember the unity of the body of Christ, we also receive the Reconciliation Special Offering. This offering seeks to under the damage of years of separation. Years of not only separate, but unequal. This offering seeks projects which heal and bring together the whole body of Christ. Today as you bring your tithes for the work of this church, please consider also bringing an offering for the Reconciliation Mission. Help us plants seeds of hope in Christ’s Name. from The Jubilee Fund
God of all people. We come this day to bring our tithes and offerings before you. We give them with the prayer that these gifts will truly bless others. We bring them not looking out for our own interests, but for others. Multiply and use these gifts that all your children may know the confidence and peace which comes through your abiding love. Amen. from The Jubilee Fund
Holy Giver of all that we need,
you have filled our hearts with joy
and our hands with overflowing abundance.
With thanks and joy, we bring these gifts,
offering ourselves in communion with you
and with all creation. Amen. from ministrymatters.com
Invitation to the Table
It is World Communion Sunday: The day when all Christians gather around the table. For us Disciples, it is simultaneously an ordinary day since we do this every Sunday; and a special day because it speaks to our plea for Christian Unity. There is reassurance in knowing that for all of our divisions on doctrine, interpretation, and practice, today we are one body around this one table. Yet there is sadness in knowing how much work is still to be done. As we celebrate this feast of hope and remembrance today, let us instead focus on the great truth: All Christians are seeking to produce fruits for the kingdom of God, and have truly embraced Christ as the Cornerstone. We may not have agreed on the structure, but our foundation together is sure. Let us celebrate today knowing that throughout the world; wherever Christians are gathered. Christ is remembered, Christ is celebrated, and Christ is glorified. from The Jubilee Fund
Prayer of Thanksgiving (Prayers for Bread and Cup)
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
- Loving God, whose care for all you have made extends beyond the boundaries of race and nation, beyond place and pride, we give you thanks for the gift of this bread, which is the offering of your body for us and for the life of the world. Send your Spirit upon it, and upon us to open our eyes to the realities expressed within this act of eating and drinking together, and our ears to your voice, ever calling us to share the gifts which we have been given.
- Your lovingkindness is forever, O God, and your faithfulness to all generations. As we give thanks for the gift of this chalice, the new and everlasting covenant of Christ’s blood, we pray that your Spirit might be poured out in our lives, that we may know the fullness of your grace, and be refreshed to live in holiness and hospitality, even as Christ has welcomed us and welcomed all to your feast of joy.
O God, who calls for us to go at the bidding of your word, and to do the work to which you have called us, we gather at your table as a people yearning to receive your loving, gracious word of forgiveness. Receive us as we break the bread which Christ has offered to be for us his body. And receive us as we drink the cup which he has blessed to be his blood. May all who come at your bidding be fed, renewed, and empowered to serve as you would have us to serve, through the grace of Christ our Lord.
God who gives us bread for the journey, you have come to walk among us in the person of your Son Jesus Christ. The bread that we break as we gather at your table is for us his body, and the cup his blood. Pour out your spirit upon us gathered here out of love for you, and upon these gifts of bread and wine. May we who receive them be transformed by your power at work within and among us, that all your world may have bread enough and more.
Conclusion: Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.
If not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”
Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service. Visit http://www.thejubileefund.com/ to learn more.
Rev. Tim Graves offers Liturgy Bits with valuable, culturally sensitive and creatively contemplative works, well worth your time.
You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.
Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University.
Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2017. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2016 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2017; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010. The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010. http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary
Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.
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